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Useful Tropical Plants

Uniola virgata

(Poir.) Griseb.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Eleusine procera Spreng. ex Steud.

Leptochloopsis virgata (Poir.) H.O.Yates

Poa virgata Poir.

Uniola racemiflora Trin.

Uniola sparta Trin.

Common Name:

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General Information

Uniola virgata is a perennial grass growing in large clumps, with elongated rhizomes and erect culms that can be 100 - 200cm long.
The plant provides a useful fibre, which is gathered from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Caribbean - Bahamas to Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Habitat

Sandy sea beaches in the Bahamas[
468
Title
The Bahama Flora
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F., New York.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical description, often accompanied by the plants habitat, of the Flora of the Bahamas.
]. Rocky seacoasts in the West Indies[
502
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 18
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
Includes a treatment of the Annona. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. In thickets on rocks and rubble in arid, limestone areas in Jamaica[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of lowland tropical areas.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fibres in the stems and leaves are used for making paper[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The stems have been made into ropes[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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